Carol - Musical Director Phil Houghton conducts The Wistaston Singers (1)

The Wistaston Singers were in fine voice when they performed at a Christmas Carol concert at St Stephen’s Methodist Church in Crewe.

Phil Houghton was musical director and organist and also introduced each carol and soloist. Jane Hale was the accompanist.

Soloists included Rev Jennifer Matthews, members of The Wistaston Singers, and 13-year-old Ezri Petts, who travelled from Bakewell in Derbyshire to participate in the concert.

Ezri is the granddaughter of Musical Director Phil Houghton.

Carols sung by the choir and congregation included ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, ‘What Sweeter Music’, ‘See Amid the Winter’s Snow’, ‘Away in a Manger’, ‘I waited for the Lord’, and ‘While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks’.

It also featured ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, ‘It Came Upon the Midnight Clear’,‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’, ‘Three Kings’, ‘White Christmas’, ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, ‘Good King Wenceslas’, ‘Coventry Carol’, ‘Nativity Carol’

The finale was a rousing ‘O Come, All ye Faithful’.

Refreshments were served during the interval.

Proceeds from the concert will go to St Stephen’s Methodist Church and choir funds.

Phil Houghton on the organ

The Wistaston Singers were originally formed by members of the choir at St Mary’s Parish Church, Wistaston in May 2000 and now number over 40 members singing four-part harmony music.

The choir performs an eclectic choice of music from choral church music and anthems, Gilbert and Sullivan items, music from the shows, music from modern composers such as John Rutter encompassing from the 15th century to the 21st century.

They perform up to five concerts a year at various venues in South Cheshire, plus one concert out of area.

The choir is also available to perform at weddings inthe area.

The choir rehearses weekly in the parish rooms of St Mary’s Church, Nantwich on Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

New members are always welcome and further details may be obtained from Choir Secretary Jill Oakes on 01270 662940, email [email protected]

(Pics by Jonathan White)

Musical Director Phil Houghton conducts The Wistaston Singers (2)

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